"The boys are working very hard to get ready for the season," said Crain. "Our top players are on the courts during the weekends and after practice working to get ready for the season.
"We are hoping to win our matches this year and finish strong in districts," said Crain. "The boys will have to improve significantly during the season for us to have a chance to equal the girls' success in districts."
The Cubs feature a senior- laden squad.
"Many of the boys didn't play as freshmen, and they regret it," said Crain. "When they did start playing they fell in love with the game, and just like the girls, I have five of my top six graduating this year."
Representing Monett High School this season are: seniors Shane George, Chris Trout, Andres DeLeon, Abraham Mejia, Billy Storkson and Caleb McCurry; junior Alexander Hall; and sophomore Andrew Gilliam.
"We don't have enough teams to have a conference tournament," said Crain. "However, we will face Mt. Vernon and Carl Junction. Our district will include both of those teams, plus Clever, Thomas Jefferson and Republic. It will be tough."
For Monett, success will be measured not just in wins and losses but in how much the players grow as individuals.
"Having a team that competes in every match to the best of their ability is important," said Crain. "Improving their abilities to overcome gaps in their game, and showing good sportsmanship when they win and lose will also be key."
Monett will be in action next Tuesday against Webb City. Matches are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at North Park.